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Black Raven
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: UT
Joined: 01.12.2019

Apr 17 @ 11:16 AM ET
What do you think the Hawks could get if they trade down from 3 to 5 with the Kings, a 2nd?

If you feel good with Byram, Cozen, Pod, or Turcotte is it worth moving down?
LAHawk
Chicago Blackhawks
Joined: 11.02.2017

Apr 17 @ 11:24 AM ET
I don't think the Kings are going to give up draft picks, they are rebuilding also.
DarthKane
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: I love sarcasm.
Joined: 02.23.2012

Apr 17 @ 11:25 AM ET
Jokiharju will play for Finland at the World Championship.

Between Chicago, Rockford, WJHC, and WC Joki is getting some solid experience this season.
paulr
Chicago Blackhawks
Location:
Joined: 06.26.2011

Apr 17 @ 11:28 AM ET
Jokiharju will play for Finland at the World Championship.

Between Chicago, Rockford, WJHC, and WC Joki is getting some solid experience this season.

- DarthKane

A Kool Aid drinker would see it that way. I see a guy getting bounced from team to team cuz no one wants him.
mohel
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: IL
Joined: 02.08.2013

Apr 17 @ 11:29 AM ET
Jokiharju will play for Finland at the World Championship.

Between Chicago, Rockford, WJHC, and WC Joki is getting some solid experience this season.

- DarthKane


Such a chaotic development program. The kid's head has to be spinning. He'll be a bust.
glennjpawlak22
Joined: 11.26.2013

Apr 17 @ 11:55 AM ET
Jokiharju will play for Finland at the World Championship.

Between Chicago, Rockford, WJHC, and WC Joki is getting some solid experience this season.

- DarthKane


when do these WC start?
MjulQvist
Chicago Blackhawks
Joined: 04.22.2012

Apr 17 @ 12:02 PM ET
Jokiharju will play for Finland at the World Championship.

Between Chicago, Rockford, WJHC, and WC Joki is getting some solid experience this season.

- DarthKane


He´ll be at Finns camp and might play in the Worlds. Just like Kevin Lankinen.
paulr
Chicago Blackhawks
Location:
Joined: 06.26.2011

Apr 17 @ 12:11 PM ET
He´ll be at Finns camp and might play in the Worlds. Just like Kevin Lankinen.
- MjulQvist

See Darth, not even the Finn's want him.
ikeane
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Joined: 11.04.2005

Apr 17 @ 12:29 PM ET
The guy who wants to trade Ponit is not well.
- Ogilthorpe2

Saad for Palat...get it going Stan
BetweenTheDots
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: IL
Joined: 06.13.2015

Apr 17 @ 12:33 PM ET
I realize that and I’m not saying we’re anywhere near good with our Dmen. But how many times this season did you see our forwards pressuring and hemming in a team in, in their own zone. Heck they didn’t even bother to challenge opponents in the neutral zone most of the season.

How many times were Dmen looking for someone to make that first pass to only to find our forwards weren’t even back to our zone yet.

- walleyeb1


So you're saying defense is a team concept? JK without a doubt

Calgary is crapping all over themselves when it comes to team defense
DarthKane
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: I love sarcasm.
Joined: 02.23.2012

Apr 17 @ 2:06 PM ET
See Darth, not even the Finn's want him.
- paulr



Fair enough. Jokiharju is now officially a bust.
LAHawk
Chicago Blackhawks
Joined: 11.02.2017

Apr 17 @ 2:09 PM ET
Fair enough. Jokiharju is now officially a bust.
- DarthKane


Don't you know the rule, all of Stan's picks are busts.
-Doh-
Location: VA
Joined: 10.05.2015

Apr 17 @ 2:17 PM ET
Factors that make this an interesting off season for the Hawks:
cap space
#3 pick in the draft
other teams up against the cap (for a change not the Hawks)
Bolts & Pens swept (might make them more inclined to make major changes)
plenty of D high end prospects in the system (not many forward/goalie prospects)
AA (could stay/could go)
a pretty decent roster
some obvious needs (top 4 defender, top 6 winger, 2 physical bottom 6 wingers)


boilermaker100
Chicago Blackhawks
Joined: 06.23.2015

Apr 17 @ 2:17 PM ET
Saad for Palat...get it going Stan
- ikeane


TB has to shed salary not gain the 700K difference in salaries. Besides Palat has a NTC.
RedRevenge
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: IL
Joined: 04.18.2017

Apr 17 @ 2:20 PM ET
TB has to shed salary not gain the 700K difference in salaries. Besides Palat has a NTC.
- boilermaker100


I'm sure Palat wants out. I wouldn't be surprised if majority of their players want out after this flop.
DarthKane
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: I love sarcasm.
Joined: 02.23.2012

Apr 17 @ 2:22 PM ET
Mitchell is returning to DU next season. He's another step closer to pulling a Hayes, not that there was any doubt he would.



-Doh-
Location: VA
Joined: 10.05.2015

Apr 17 @ 2:24 PM ET
Hawks have done it with Doug Mohns, John Marks, and John Scott in addition to Buff (who went back to defense). There was an article a while back about Gus, and how he felt there was no way he would be any good as a winger.
- LAHawk


They were moved to forward to make the Hawks more physical up front, not for their offensive prowess (and Buff partially because his defense was lacking at the time and the Hawks were set on defense). Gus or Boqvist might bring more offense, but not much physicality.
mohel
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: IL
Joined: 02.08.2013

Apr 17 @ 2:32 PM ET
Mitchell is returning to DU next season. He's another step closer to pulling a Hayes, not that there was any doubt he would.



- DarthKane


Scratch him from all prospect discussions. He's a goner.
AEL_Fox
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: CA
Joined: 06.18.2016

Apr 17 @ 2:35 PM ET
Factors that make this an interesting off season for the Hawks:
cap space
#3 pick in the draft
other teams up against the cap (for a change not the Hawks)
Bolts & Pens swept (might make them more inclined to make major changes)
plenty of D high end prospects in the system (not many forward/goalie prospects)
AA (could stay/could go)
a pretty decent roster
some obvious needs (top 4 defender, top 6 winger, 2 physical bottom 6 wingers)

- -Doh-

Good summary. I would also add:

Gustafsson (could stay/could go)
Long-term health of Crawford
Assistant coach(es) hired by Colliton
New head coaches for the Hogs and Fuel
Does Mitchell sign or stay another year in the NCAA (nevermind, saw the other posts)
Same with Barratt (can't remember if he officially made a decision yet)
If/when Kubalik signs, what exactly can he contribute
RedRevenge
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: IL
Joined: 04.18.2017

Apr 17 @ 2:39 PM ET
Scratch him from all prospect discussions. He's a goner.
- mohel


They really need to add compensation picks for any prospect that fails to sign with the team that drafted him. It's pretty BS how the Hawks are going to lose out on another player....
Chunk
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Orange, CA
Joined: 11.06.2015

Apr 17 @ 2:39 PM ET
Mitchell is returning to DU next season. He's another step closer to pulling a Hayes, not that there was any doubt he would.



- DarthKane


Probably a smart move. There is a lot of congestion in the D ranks of the Hawks system. Let them figure that out a bit and see if guys get moved or traded...
boilermaker100
Chicago Blackhawks
Joined: 06.23.2015

Apr 17 @ 2:40 PM ET
Good summary. I would also add:

Gustafsson (could stay/could go)
Long-term health of Crawford
Assistant coach(es) hired by Colliton
New head coaches for the Hogs and Fuel
Does Mitchell sign or stay another year in the NCAA (nevermind, saw the other posts)
Same with Barratt (can't remember if he officially made a decision yet)
If/when Kubalik signs, what exactly can he contribute

- AEL_Fox


If Justin runs out of thoughts for future blogs, you and Doh just gave him plenty of ideas. Good work by both of you.
Scott1977
Season Ticket Holder
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Yorkville, IL
Joined: 08.30.2012

Apr 17 @ 3:01 PM ET
Factors that make this an interesting off season for the Hawks:
cap space
#3 pick in the draft
other teams up against the cap (for a change not the Hawks)
Bolts & Pens swept (might make them more inclined to make major changes)
plenty of D high end prospects in the system (not many forward/goalie prospects)
AA (could stay/could go)
a pretty decent roster
some obvious needs (top 4 defender, top 6 winger, 2 physical bottom 6 wingers)

- -Doh-

Agree on all points
AEL_Fox
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: CA
Joined: 06.18.2016

Apr 17 @ 3:03 PM ET
They really need to add compensation picks for any prospect that fails to sign with the team that drafted him. It's pretty BS how the Hawks are going to lose out on another player....
- RedRevenge

I like this idea. Would benefit all teams who endure this.

Although, I am confident Mitchell will still sign with the Blackhawks next season or after his senior year if he decides to get his degree first.
jhawk59
Chicago Blackhawks
Joined: 02.15.2013

Apr 17 @ 3:05 PM ET
Jokiharju will play for Finland at the World Championship.

Between Chicago, Rockford, WJHC, and WC Joki is getting some solid experience this season.

- DarthKane


There is no problem only some good experience should Jokiharju lace them up again.

After a season of professional play he has a descent understanding and can execute/more often than not make good reads. There is an unlikely complicated defensive scheme at World Championships. I doubt he is overly tired from the lengthy season and will have a period - of - rest anyway prior to the first World Championship tryout and practice.

Jokiharju is a key piece in the pairings next season. Should he establish regular TOI with Keith then we can expect Colliton tries very hard to find and implement the best pairing for Gus. Using Gus 20 + TOI in second pair is an objective that ideally works out well. While Gus may not be a pillar of strength, defensively speaking, he may surprise some folks with steady performance. And he might just have opportunities each game to make a brilliant read or superlative pass - maybe Kane involved.

I do not mind keeping him until Boqvist in two years or more hopefully makes the team. Then is the time to revisit trading Gus even if he has a new contract. To be as competitive as possible we could really appreciate Gus.

Implementation and Colliton's push for player adherance to defensive responsibility - both forwards and dmen - only helps everyone.

In fact a much better defensive effort should lead to more prospects receiving a look on defense. Both Jokiharju and Gus play well would go a long ways toward the start of newbie prospects planting roots here. I can imagine three youngsters skating in this blueline crew next March. Jokiharnu and Gilbert appear set for part or possibly the entire season.

Even if Mitchell remains a collegiate both Beaudin and Carlsson professional showing in Rockford should entice Bowman to offer a cup of coffee trial/introduction. Whom plays what side and whom is their partner, hopefully will be the biggest challenge.
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